Daily Dispatches

Title: Everest Expedition 2008 Spring

8 April 2008: Full day at Everest Base Camp...

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Today was our first full day at base camp. The Peak Promotion staff has set up a very comfortable camp. We certainly want to thank Ngima (a climbing Sherpa) and Pemba Ngima (base camp cook) for organizing things so well. We have individual sleeping tents for all, a large Mountain Hardware Space Station tent for dinning, toilet and shower tent. There is also a well stocked kitchen tent with stone walls and a large storage tent for all those extras.

We are fortunate to share kitchen staff with the Himalayan Rescue Association (web site is everester.org ). They provide medical services for everyone here at base camp. For Chet this is an excellent opportunity for discussions with the four doctors currently here. In several weeks the HRA staff will droop back to two doctors. They are good neighbors for our stay here.

I continue to feel better each day. Chet is also feeling much better. Terri is holding her own and this evening and tomorrow this doctor team has treatment planned for her.

For our meals we get to order from a quite extensive menu, including beef from a half water buffalo hanging in the kitchen tent. Our cook Pemba Ngima and his helper Karma are doing a wonderful job.

Ice fall doctors are a team of eight Sherpa’s that are setting up the fixed line and ladders through the Khumbu ice fall. They have worked for about a week including today from 6 AM to 4 PM and are nearly up to camp one. They plan to finish tomorrow.

Throughout the day and night you have periodic rock and ice falling down the surrounding mountains. Once in a while you have loud cracking sounds from the glacier under our camp. The cracking sounds remind you that you are camping on a very slow moving river of ice.
I would like to thank Peak Promotion and their staff for doing such a wonderful job for us again this year. I also want to thank Vegas Fuel, which is a great energy drink, for supporting this cybercast.